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Grant requirements change scope of library work

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Construction work at Forsyth Public Library has been changed in order to fulfill eligibility requirements for a possible $200,000 state grant.

Library Director Rachel Miller told trustees Dec. 3 that window repair and carpet replacement, which would have been part of the Village’s 2014 budget, were added to the grant application. After an informal review of the draft application with state grant representatives, it became apparent that an additional $45,000 in requests was necessary to be eligible for the $200,000 grant. The windows and carpet were acceptable projects to include, Miller said, noting that one library window was damaged and others leaked. The library’s 16-yea rold carpet also needed replacement.

Trustees Eric Morr, Bob Rasho and Kerstin Trachtenberg voted “no” to approve the additional expense, but trustees Steve Hubbard, Marilyn Johnson and Larry Reed cast “yes” votes. “I’m dead against this as the state is broke, and Forsyth can stand on its own two feet,” Morr said, following a tie vote broken by Mayor Hap Gilbert who favored the grant.

Gilbert acknowledged assistance from Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) and expressed his appreciation to staff in making the process efficient. “I think this is a good use of the money,” he commented.

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